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today at 5pm: jeremy corbyn launches labour's election campaign, but refuses to confirm he'd take the uk out of the european union. in a bbc interview, he was asked five times what he'd do as prime minister if brussels offered a bad deal on brexit... you've said brexit is settled. does that mean, if you become prime minister, come hell or high water, we will be leaving the eu? look, there was a clear vote in the referendum a year ago, but now there are the negotiations which have already begun. but a little later, mr corbyn‘s aides said britain would leave the eu under a labour government. we'll have the latest on the day's developments live from westminster. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm: the conservatives promise to cap energy tariffs if they win the election. they say it would save money for millions of households. too many ordinary working families, too many vulnerable people find themselves on tariffs that are above what they should be paying, and that's why we are taking action.
alexander blackman, the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a taliban fighter in afghanistan, tells the bbc how he regrets his actions. a ride at drayton manor theme park closes after a girl was airlifted to hospitalfollowing an incident. and international ballroom champion shirley ballas is the new head judge on strictly come dancing, replacing len goodman. it's 5pm, good afternoon. our top story concerns mixed signals over brexit from the labour party. in a bbc interviewjeremy corbyn, declined to confirm he'd definitely take the uk out of the european union, if brussels offered a bad
deal for withdrawal. aides later had to issue a clarification, saying the uk would definitely leave the eu, under a labour government. mr corbyn was speaking exclusively to the bbc‘s political editor, laura kuenssberg, at the launch of the party's election campaign. he'd been in manchester, telling supporters he was offering a real alternative to what he called a "rigged system" under the conservatives. but it was later, when he was asked repeatedly about whether he'd categorically leave the european union, whatever the deal on the table, that he refused to make a commitment. let's start with brexit because if you become prime minister it will be the biggest task in front of you. you have said today, exit is settled. does that mean, if you're prime minister, come hell or high water, whatever deal on the table, we will be leaving the european union? there was a clear vote in the
referendum a year ago, but there are how referendum a year ago, but there are now the negotiations. i have sent a letter to the president—elect last night, congratulating him on his election, and also setting out in broad terms what our desire is in the negotiations will stop to have good relations with europe, and to make sure there is trade access, tariff free trade access to the european markets. certainly, that we will protect the rights of eu nationals living in britain. and that we will also ensure that the regulations but we have got from the european union such as working time prerogative and employment conditions will be defended and maintained. that is what he would hope to achieve. but on that specific point, if you say brexit is settled, what happens in the negotiations, however well or badly they go, we would be leaving if you were prime minister? we will go into the negotiations to achieve what i have just outlined.
it is not a one—off meeting or a one—off discussion, it involves discussions with all the governments of europe in every one of the member states as well as their parliament and the european parliament and commission. but my question is, if you're prime minister we believe come hell or high water whatever is on the table at the end of the negotiations? we get a good deal with europe. a deal that ensures the very large numberof deal that ensures the very large number of manufacturing jobs that rely on trade with europe will not suddenly find themselves under world trade organisation rules where there will be a tariff put up. but few can predict how the negotiations will go. the point is, we are negotiating to gain that market access to europe. you won't say, then, that we will stay or go? people will want to know this. if your prime minister, people wa nt to this. if your prime minister, people want to know, we will leave whatever happens. the decision was made a year ago. we
have set out very clear at terms for negotiations, and that is what we will be pursuing with the european union. i don't know any more than you do exactly what is going to happen in the future on this, but i do know we are not approaching this from megaphone diplomacy, we are not approaching this from threats, we are not approaching this to set up some sort of tax even on the shores of the european union, we are serious about these investigations. but this is a very important point toa but this is a very important point to a lot of people. we don't know what will happen in the negotiations. if you're prime minister, can you categorically say that we were definitely leave? if you will not, there is a possibility things could change and we might end up things could change and we might end up looking differently at our options. the danger is of the approach the conservatives are taking in their megaphone diplomacy with europe and approaching the whole thing is though all you have to do is shout loud and be abusive to people across the channel, are viewed is you have
to talk to them, negotiate with them and recognise that there is quite a lot of common interest, particularly in the manufacturing industry. that is the process we are following. so you will not address that point specifically? we are negotiating a trade arrangement with europe and protection of the things we have gained from the european union. our political correspondent alex forsyth is in westminster for us. alex, his aid had to come out after the interview and make it clear that whatever the deal, labour would leave this country out of the european union —— lead this country. but mixed signals, confusion some would argue, is a big problem? you heard jeremy corbyn repeatedly refusing to be definitive about that when asked again and again about it. now the position as we understand it is that the brexit question is
settled, and ofjeremy corbyn was to be the prime minister, the uk would be leaving the european union. that did come after, and that is interesting, whenjeremy corbyn was launching the election campaign earlier today, he made a point of saying the brexit question was settled, this is not an election about brexit but it is about the kind of brexit the country once, labour would deliver a brexit with jobs first and human rights laws and the momentum regulations. he started the momentum regulations. he started the day trying to clarify the pa rty‘s the day trying to clarify the party's position on brexit but we are now on a position that means it remains quite confused. what was his fear that he did not wa nt to what was his fear that he did not want to see that he would go for a ha rd want to see that he would go for a hard brexit? the shadow foreign secretary has been saying that is precisely what the conservative party once, and they have confused the conservatives —— accused the conservatives of letting the party
down. wasjeremy corbyn trying to avoid saying that? there are some traditional labour voters who very much back the idea of brexit. and others who were very much in favour of remaining. jeremy corbyn and his labour party have to find a way to speak to both. so far the way they have done it is to set out the tests, around things like trying to maintain benefits from the single market and the customs union. that —— there are plenty of critics who say that labour have to come up with an offering that is as clear as that. we have had clarification, saying that there is no question thatjeremy corbyn would not want the uk to stay in the eu he became a minister, but there is still an element of confusion about exactly what brexit would look like under his leadership. meanwhile, overshadowing the important points from the labour
party which were put forward today at the launch of the campaign. jeremy corbyn gave a speech today which wasjeremy corbyn through and through, he is fighting this campaign on the idea is that he has espoused for decades. he gave a speech which let up the room in manchester, where supporters were gathered. he firmly positioned labour as the anti—establishment party, said there would be a day of reckoning for greedy bankers, he is trying to pitch labour against what he sees as the tory elite. we know that that message is likely to play very well with jeremy corbyn‘s supporters. the big question for the labour party is whether or not it can cut through to the wider electorate. thanks, alex. the prime minister says britain's energy market "isn't working" and has vowed to end what she described as rip—off bills. theresa may has confirmed that the conservative party manifesto will propose a cap on energy prices for anyone on a standard variable tariff — the party says this would benefit 17 million households.
our political correspondent chris mason reports. cooking our lunch, making a brew, heating at home, we have all got to do it but it is not cheap, and the conservatives say many others are being ripped off. if elected onjune eight, we would introduce a cap on energy price rises. sometimes people say to me that doing something like that does not sound very conservative, but actually my response to that is when it comes to looking at supporting working people, what matters is not an ideology, but what you believe to be right. for the second day in a row, an idea that might wring a few bells, because this is the labour manifesto from two years ago, and they were saying that they would ensure that bills would fall but not rise, and they would give the regulator the power to cut bills. conservatives say they are idea is more subtle,
old boy you can tell some around the cabinet table thought it was to crude. rewind the clock and the tories did not like the idea. i know we would like to live in some marxist universe where we could control these things, but he needs a basic lesson in economics! little wonder that the former labour leader ed miliband raises an eyebrow. as far as i can tell, no guarantee that energy prices won't rise next year under tory policy. is that right, he asks, askin for a friend. the shadow secretary asks. it is scandalous that they have stolen a labour policy. they have not provided any detail, they have not provided any detail, they have not gone far enough. i also ask the liberal democrats we re i also ask the liberal democrats were they made of it. it's good politics because it sounds great, but it is rubbish policy. it will harm and damage the very people oi'i will harm and damage the very people on low income is that it is supposed
to be helping. ona to be helping. on a visit to west hill in aberdeenshire to promote scotland's oil and gas industry, the snp were scathing about the conservative plan. the record of the tories on fuel poverty has been absolutely lamentable, so this announcement has got nothing to do with dealing with the poorest in society and everything with trying to win a general election and outflank the labour party. what is clear is the conservatives‘ desire to be putting themselves on the side of us, the consumer, rather than the energy companies. but what difference will it make? the energy sector has always criticised any move to cap prices, saying such a policy could in fact lead to people paying more. five out of the so called "big six" energy suppliers have raised their prices this year. so what could a cap mean for the consumer? our industry correspondent john moylan investigates. every three months, adam and margaret from eccles near manchester take a trip to their local bank.
they are on a standard tariff, they‘ve been with the same energy suppliers for 30 years and when the quarterly bill arrives in the post, they like to pay it in full. i won‘t have direct debits, i‘m not confident with online, it‘s a minefield, so after two hours ploughing through, i gave up and thought, better the devil i know, get a bill, pay it at the bank. i know i‘ve payed it, use less electric and gas, that‘s the only way we‘re going to save. they aren‘t alone, the two—year competition investigation found the energy market wasn‘t working for the two thirds of households on standard tariffs. it proposed a price cap for households in prepaid meters and consumer groups say it should go further. the energy market clearly isn't working, too many people stuck on standard variable tariffs playing up to £300 a year more than they need to for their energy. one of the things we've called for is a price cap to protect the most vulnerable, on low incomes who can least afford
to pay too much for their energy. many people choose their energy supplier using one of these, a price comparison website. there are more than 50 energy suppliers in the market offering a range of tariffs from cheaper fixed—price deals to more expensive standard tariffs and those standard variable tariffs, so—called default tariffs, which are being targeted by this energy price cap. the conservatives claim that could save 17 million households around £100 a year. the energy companies say it could also damage competition. we‘ve seen fantastic numbers coming through on switching. last month, 14% increase, to half a million, the risk of this intervention is that you destroy that confidence, that engagement, just when we are making real progress. the energy price cap will require legislation, so it‘s unlikely to help people like margaret and adam this winter. it is also a major intervention
in the energy market that could have ramifications for years to come. joining me now is tom baldwin. he‘s a former senior adviser to ed miliband during the 2015 election campaign. it is good to see you, thanks for coming in. you may have seen that clip of david cameron and your former boss in the commons, when ed miliband during the campaign in 2015 put out this idea of a cap on tariffs. and mr cameron described him as living in a marxist universe, that he needed a lesson in economics. when you heard this policy from the conservatives, what did you think? a certain wry amusement, the daily mail greeted our policy with banner headlines about there being power cuts across britain. this morning they splash it is a great idea from theresa may with a laudatory editorial. no mention of labour‘s policy two years ago at all.
inevitably the daily mirror would do that, some would argue, in relation to conservative politics —— daily mail. the conservatives say that this cap would be set by the watchdog. and also that it would be a movable cap. prices could still go up, so it is not really a cap at all, in their terms. we promised to your energy price freeze where prices could fall but not rise, and during those two yea rs but not rise, and during those two years we were going to reset the energy market with a big reform to improve competition. i don‘t think any reasonable man in the industry would be able to tell the difference between our policy and their proposed policy today. labour would not have responded to a rise in wholesale prices? it isa rise in wholesale prices? it is a two—year programme to ensure that we could really reset the energy market. we believe the energy companies have enough capacity to deal with it. what about the argument could
potentially hurt investment? this is what the liberal democrats were saying and why they argue against this. it is great hit investment, profits from the energy, and, and they will not be able to invest properly in the system. this is the irony of today‘s announcement, oui’ this is the irony of today‘s announcement, our policy was greeted with hysteria from british business, including the energy companies. what was the biggest threat to british business, british prosperity in the city of london in the long term? was it are moderate, reasonable policy to stop consumers being ripped off in the energy market, or david cameron‘s pledge to have a referendum on europe which is going to cost british business and british consumers billions upon billions of pounds in the next few years? but as the problem that you and ed miliband had at the time was that you really didn‘t have credibility, some would argue, on the economy, and asa some would argue, on the economy, and as a result it seemed like a policy that did not make sense, the sums would not add up for some
reason. and yet theresa may can begin to claim her supporters would say, and the daily mail wraps would argue, that she does have credibility and can sell this policy? credibility from a prime minister who promised to cut immigration to the tens of thousands when she knows she cannot deliver that, when she has failed to deliver that over seven years, and she doesn‘t even wa nt to seven years, and she doesn‘t even want to deliver that because it would be a disasterfor the british economy. that is not credibility. that is a politician seeking a very big mandate, not to keep your promises, but to break them. that is why do not trust this energy policy from them either. tom baldwin, thank you. the liberal democrat leader tim farron has been campaigning in the south west this morning. mr farron warned that a conservative government with a large majority would take people for granted. the liberal democrats have promised a second referendum on any brexit deal. the nhs is the focus of the green party today as they continue their campaign on the isle of wight. the party‘s co—leader
caroline lucas has accused the government of putting the nhs through "a cruel form of shock therapy." her party has pledged to give the health system a "cash injection." and a reminder — you can keep up to date with all the developments throughout the campaign, and live events, on the bbc news website, that‘s at bbc.co.uk/news. and if you‘re on the move just follow the election via the bbc news app. this is bbc news at 5pm. the headlines: jeremy corbyn has launched labour‘s election campaign that refuses to confirm he would take the uk out of the european union. the conservatives are promising a cap on energy tariffs if they win the election, claiming 17 million households will save money. alexander blackman, the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a taliban fighter in afghanistan, has
told the bbc he deeply regrets his actions. and in sport, maria sharapova is to be offered another wild card as she continues her comeback from a doping ban, this time by the lta, for next week‘s events in birmingham. chris froome is knocked off his bike near his home in monaco, but he is 0k although the bike is not. and jamie roberts is to captain wales on their tour of tonga and samoa wales on their tour of tonga and sa m oa after wales on their tour of tonga and samoa after missing out on the lions squad this summer. we will have more at just after squad this summer. we will have more atjust after 5:30pm. an 11—year—old girl has been airlifted to hospital after a p pa re ntly airlifted to hospital after apparently falling from a water ride at drayton manor theme park. police say they were cold to the splash ca nyon say they were cold to the splash canyon water ride to reports of
someone canyon water ride to reports of someone falling into the water. the girl, reportedly from the leicester area, has been airlifted to hospital. 0ur correspondent is at drayton manor theme park forest. just bring us manor theme park forest. just bring us up—to—date with the latest. you might be able to see behind me, ca i’s you might be able to see behind me, cars leaving drayton manor this afternoon. the park was not actually fully closed when this incident happened. the splash canyon ride was closed in barrier doff, that people who were already in the park were allowed to stay. the statement from staffordshi re allowed to stay. the statement from staffordshire police says that an 11—year—old girl from the leicester area is believed to have fallen into the water from that splash canyon ride. they were cold around 2:20pm this afternoon, and that she was airlifted to birmingham children‘s hospital. they also say that the health and safety executive has been informed, and also the girl‘s pa rents. informed, and also the girl‘s parents. we are not sure whether
they were in the park or not. we do not have any updates from drayton manor yet either, but there is going to bea manor yet either, but there is going to be a press conference in the drayton manor complex very shortly, where they say they will give a full update. people who were here today described seeing lots of emergency services, suddenly arriving, saying paramedics were trying to get a path through the crowd here towards that splash canyon ride. they also say they were a lot of fire engines and police. they were very worried because they did not quite know what had happened. we do not have an update on the 11—year—old girl‘s condition as he could, but we are expecting the press conference very shortly. thank you very much. the owner of the dogs that attacked a two—year—old girl in liverpool at the weekend has appeared in court and pleaded guilty. the toddler suffered serious head and body injuries in the "horrific 35—year—old andrew mcgowan from toxteth admitted being in charge of dangerously out of control dogs. he was bailed and will be sentenced in june. an investigation into problems
with blood tests used in criminal cases, that could lead to scores of convictions being overturned, has now been extended to more than 6,000 samples since 2014. the national police chiefs council says the vast majority of samples are from drug—driving cases but they also include serious crimes such as rape and murder. with me to explain is our home affairs correspondent danny shaw. this sounds potentially appalling. it is certainly a development which strikes at the heart of the outsourced forensic science market at the moment. most of the provision in the forensic science world is conducted by private companies, and this particular development concerns a company based in manchester and northern ireland, and there are concerns, they were raised first of all this year when two staff members there are were arrested on suspicion
of perverting the course ofjustice, and there were concerns around just under 500 samples. now we learn that more than 6000 blood samples could be affected. what will have to happen is that those samples, where they still exist, will be retested to see if the results are the same as the results which were originally found. now, if that is not the case, or if the samples do not exist any more, if they have been destroyed, it‘s thought 10% of the samples will have been destroyed, and convictions we re have been destroyed, and convictions were based on those test results, then those convictions could well be quashed as being unsafe. and how long is the process of going through all this? probably weeks, months, i would through all this? probably weeks, months, iwould have thought. there is high demand for forensics science services across all police forces in the uk, and this will add an extra burden on that. obviously, police are
prioritising those cases which are just coming to trial, or perhaps are in the middle of the trial, or charges have just been in the middle of the trial, or charges havejust been brought, or cases where there has just been a conviction and someone is still in prison. those cases will be prioritised, the samples will be retested if they exist, if they do not exist defence teams will be informed. most cases will be at the low—level variety, drugged driving cases, other motoring cases, but there are some cases where drug tests were conducted related to murders and rapes. it is unlikely that a murder conviction will hinge on the results of toxicology test, and probably unlikely in the case of and probably unlikely in the case of a rape case. but it is possible, and where that may happen, that may have very serious repercussions indeed. thank you very much indeed. alexander blackman, the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan, has given bbc news his first television interview since he was released, following an appeal. the former sergeant who‘s been dismissed from the marines was interviewed with his wife claire, who organised the campaign to free him.
they‘ve been speaking to our correspondent clinton rogers. don‘t know why exactly i did it. still, a moment of madness is the best description i can give. not exactly the proudest moment of my life. in the last three years, much has been said about alexander blackman. today, his wife alongside him, he was having his say on a decision in the heat of battle that led to a murder charge. his actions, captured on helmet camera. if you look at that video, it would seem plain to everyone that you knew what you were doing. it‘s a five—minute section of an incident that took well over an hour. to be fair, you can put quite a view different spins on what was said. unless you were actually there, you don‘t know the full story. hindsight is a wonderful thing.
given, especially what‘s happened to us in our life, if you could go back, you would change things. if we had a time machine and could go back and do things differently, he absolutely would. you lost a lot of colleagues and friends. yeah, it‘s hard and i think one of the hardest things i found, and i think i said before, you don‘t get to give a lot of good news to people when you‘re out there in a position of command. someone‘s died in an incident. what would normally be a really bad piece of news to follow, you‘re giving it as a plus, is, this guy has lost a leg but he‘s going to live. blackman‘s conviction for murder led to protests, his wife, clare, leading the campaign for his release but her husband had offered her the chance to walk away from their marriage. i said, if she didn‘t want to stick around or wanted to part company,
at that point, or at any point through the process, it‘s something i would understand and i would wish her well for the rest of her life. you were basically offering her the chance to walk away? yes. never crossed my mind, never once. wouldn't have done anything differently. i know sometimes people said to me, how are you doing this, how do you keep going? i don't really have an answer. it wasn't an option to do anything else. it‘s only 11 days since he was released from prison. now they both say that they need time to readjust to life as a couple. in seven years of marriage, they‘ve been apart more than they‘ve been together. clinton rogers, bbc news, somerset. just before the latest weather, breaking news. a 27—year—old man who was arrested last month near downing
street by anti—terror police, he has now been charged with three counts of preparing terrorist acts, according to scotland yard in the last few minutes. a man has been arrested close to downing street, and he has now been charged with three counts of preparing terrorist acts, according to scotland yard in the last couple of minutes. as promised, time for the weather. it is good news on the weather front. tomorrow, sunny and warm, how about that? many others will have crystal clear blues eyes from the morning onwards. sub" that has been around central and eastern over the next few days —— stubborn cloud. there is a clear night on the way, but it is the pretty nippy tonight. towns and cities will not dip that
low, maybe four 29 degrees. certainly grass frost out of town in some areas, then it is sunshine all round. almost. the far north of scotland, the northern isles, a bit more cloud and spots of rain, and a lot colder. 7 degrees in shetland, but mid to high teams were most of us. but mid to high teams were most of us. increasing amount of cloud by thursday, and by friday we could be running from coverfrom big downpours. some thunder and lightning potentially at least on the way in one or two areas. that‘s it. this is bbc news at five — the headlines. jeremy corbyn has launched labour‘s election campaign, but in a bbc interview refused to confirm, he‘d take the uk out of the european union if brussels offered a bad deal on brexit. you‘ve said brexit is settled.
does that mean if you become prime minister, come hell or highwater, we will be leaving the eu? look there was a clear vote in the referendum a year ago but now there are the negotiations which have already begun. the conservatives are promising a cap on energy tariffs if they win the election, claiming 17 million households will save money. too many ordinary working families, too many vulnerable people find themselves on tariffs that are above that they should be paying and that‘s why we are taking action. alexander blackman, the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a taliban fighter in afghanistan, tells the bbc how he regrets his actions. an 11—year—old girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a water ride in a theme park at the drayton manor theme park near tamworth. now look at all that sports news.
as maria sharapova continues her comeback from a doping ban she‘ll be offered a wildcard to the tournament in birmingham next month. having been beaten in madrid yesterday by eugenie bouchard who called sharapova ‘a cheater‘. the lawn tennis association could also face criticisim as some players are unhappy at the ease with which she has received wildcards to major tournaments. here‘s our tennis correspondent russell fuller. it does seem that this decision has been taken purely on commercial grounds and it has taken, i‘m sure, with thought at least given to the opposition that‘s been raised by many players. andy murray and heather watson are just two players who have expressed their concern that sharapova having returned from a doping ban is being offered so many wildcards. i think when all tournaments look at these in the cold light of day and the grand slams are slightly different, there is a moral dimension for the french open
and wimbledon, but when commercial events like the birmingham event look at this, they will see that sharapova is likely to drive ticket sales. that event‘s normally overshadowed by the aegon championships. at the moment tickets are available. even though i don‘t think we will get confirmation, the lta won‘t make a song and dance, but they will want sharapova in their draw to drive interest in their tournaments. the tour de france champion chris froome has been knocked off his bike while training near his home in monaco. the british rider, who was unhurt, posted this picture on social media, writing "just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" "thankfully i‘m okay. bike totalled. driver kept going!" he has reported the incdient to local police. there have also been some thrills and spills on today‘s fourth stage of the giro d‘italia. the first involved another team sky rider, diego rosa, who appeared to be on the receiving end of something approaching road rage from javier moreno. then with just 11 miles to go
fernando gaviria might have turned as pink as his leader‘s jersey with embarrassment after misjudging his speed at a corner and taking a number of riders the wrong way with him. the stage was eventually won by jan polanc. britain‘s geraint thomas finished third with adam yates eighth, moving them up to second and third in the overall standings. jamie roberts will captain wales in next month‘s tests against tonga and samoa. roberts said he was hugely proud to be appointed — he‘s been capped 91 times but dropped out of first—choice favour with wales last season. he‘ll lead a 32—man squad, which includes 13 uncapped players. they take on tonga in auckland onjune the 16th and samoa a week later in the capital apia. i‘m excited for everyone involved. it will be two tough games. the game at eden park will be special. playing before the all blacks and samoa are a
tough team to beat. so, two very tough games as robin alluded to. and so, it‘s a huge challenge and i can‘t wait to get stuck in with the group of players involved. arsene wenger still won‘t reveal what he‘s planning to do at the end of the season. but the arsenal manager has responded to the reports that the board are thinking about restructuring the coaching set up and introducing a director of football. and it‘s fair to say he doesn‘t particularly fancy the idea. a director of football i don‘t know what he means. is it somebody who stands on the road and directs play right and left. i don‘t understand. i never could understand what it means. i‘m not prepared to talk about that. i think i‘m manager of arsenal football club and as long as i‘m manager of arsenal football club i will decide what happens on the technical front and that‘s it. double olympic champion nicola adams will face mexico‘s maryan salazar in herfirst fight in her home city of leeds for 20 years. it‘ll be adams‘ second professional contest,
against a woman just over half her age. and will be the first time she‘s fought over four three—minute rounds rather than the conventional two—minute rounds in women‘s bouts. that‘s all sport for now. i‘ll have more in sportsday at half past six. more now on the conservative‘s plans to cap some gas and electricity bills. the prime minister theresa may says a future tory government would restrict standard variable tariffs. but the proposal has been described as "desperate" by labour. let‘s speak to paul massara — he‘s the former chief executive of the energy firm npower — who now runs north star solar — a renewable energy company and sits on the government‘s committee on fuel poverty. good to see you. what do you make of this proposal from the conservative to cut tariffs and what did you think of ed miliband and his
proposal to years ago?|j think of ed miliband and his proposal to years ago? i do not think we should be surprised about the decision today. we had an investigation two years ago which found that the market has split into two. you‘re the segment of the market, about a third, looking at deals all the time and getting the lowest prices and also two thirds of the market which remained stubbornly resista nt to the market which remained stubbornly resistant to change and essentially they pay significantly more, up to £200 more. and theresa may has consistently said where she feels the markets are not working she‘s willing to intervene. and today effectively she has signalled that she is willing to intervene to protect those two thirds of the customer base which probably are paying too much for the energy. when you ahead of empowering, what were the dates? 2012, to 2015. when ed
miliband made this suggestion? yes. i think then we were concerned because essentially he was talking about a price freeze. he was saying the price is going to be set and thatis the price is going to be set and that is it. this is different in the sense that the regulator is going to look at the prices and review them every six or 12 months and then adjust them up or down. the idea of freezing is saying that the world commodity market does not matter. i do not think they are saying that, they‘re saying we need to do something to protect those consumers that have not switched, have not engaged and probably are paying too much for energy. did you agree at the time that consumers needed to be protected in some way?|j the time that consumers needed to be protected in some way? i think what we we re protected in some way? i think what we were seeing is that the market was not working right. i do think there was a need for change which is why we had the cma look at this and maybe they shone a light on the fact that we have these segments of the
market with 66% of people not engaged and remaining on standard tariffs. as high as 91% not moving with some of the big six. we‘ve had competition now for 20 years in this marketplace and the fact that 90% of base has the movie you something is not right. the fact is you are now pa rt not right. the fact is you are now part of a company that pushes green energy and you have crossed over to the other side. and this plan from theresa may makes sense for you now wears it did not two years ago. theresa may makes sense for you now wears it did not two years agom is now a relevant to what we do, it is now a relevant to what we do, it is putting solar in and reducing prices by up to 25%. it does not really matter about the price, this is not an issue about that but it is an issue about the structure of the market. i can say that there is an issue. and we should not be surprised by the intervention. also
all the scare stories about investment is not happening are not true. the reality is the investment we‘ve seen in offshore wind and nuclear and in generation is because the government is giving contracts allowing people to invest for a long time. that is not going to change. due them believe that the are getting a little bit colder as where on the idea of green subsidies? i'm not sure this says anything about green subsidies. i think it says something about the fact that theresa may stood on the steps of downing street and said she wanted to protect those people who are just about managing. in a market where 60% of those people have not switched and are paying £200 more than others, she felt she had to do something. thank you forjoining us. one of the four men suspected of being a member of a gang known as ‘the beatles‘, which kidnapped and murdered british hostages in syria, has been convicted of being a member of so—called islamic state. aine davis, who‘s 33, was arrested in november 2015 in turkey along with three other
britons. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, has been following the trial in istanbul. aine davis was captured in november in 2015 in a seaside town just outside istanbul on the sea of marmara. he was captured in a luxury seaside villa along with a jordanian and palestinian man. they‘ve been sitting in prison awaiting trial. today we got the verdict in that trial and all three men including aine davis have been found guilty of being members of a terrorist organisation namely islamic state. during the case, aine davis was asked about his association withjihadi john and whether he had been involved in the beheading cell in syria. he denied that. western intelligence agencies are absolutely clear that they believe that aine davis was one of the beatles, nicknamed the beatles by those western journalists and aid workers
who they detained and many of them had their heads cut off byjihadijohn. aine davis is starting a seven and a half year sentence which he‘ll serve in turkey while the british and american authorities decide whether they want to extradite him to one of those countries to serve trial for his role in that beatles detention cell. aine davis was a low—level drug dealer in west london who served time for possession of a firearm but in 2013, he travelled out to syria, travelled into the area controlled by so—called islamic state and only a few months later the first stories started coming back from western journalists being detained there of the way that they were being treated. 0ne hostage who survived has described graphically how jihadi john threatened to cut off his head with an antique sword, held a gun against his head, pretended to open fire and the gun
was in fact empty. he was of course one of the lucky ones, he was released, negotiators ensured he was set free. for several hostages including two british hostages, for those, it didn‘t end like that at all and the gruesome beheading videos followed in the summer of 2014. aine davis is behind bars. jihadijohn was killed in a drone strike. two named by the us state department this year are still believed to be alive and at large in syria. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh. it seems all four men knew each other in south—west london before they separately travelled out and were united in syria. a british doctor and his fiancee have been murdered in an apparent
burglary at their penthouse flat in boston in the united states. a man has been charged with the murder of dr richard field and lina bolanos — the man was arrested at the scene, after being shot by police. andy moore has the latest. an extraordinary televised court session held around the hospital bed of the man accused of killing two doctors. bampumim teixeira, who is 30, was shot when police officers alerted by text message found him inside the doctor‘s apartment. he was already on bail for a previous offence. after brief details of the case were heard thejudge ordered a remand. by agreement, with no objection by counsel, i will allow this motion to impound. order of impound will last for 90 days. british—born richard field and his american fiance, lina bolanos, were found dead at their apartment in boston on friday night. 45 minutes before he died,
dr field had texted a friend, saying there was a serious situation with a gunman in his home. that alert was passed on to the police and they entered the apartment using keys they had found on the floor in the hallway outside. they saw teixeira inside and thought he was about to open fire. he was shot three times in the hand, stomach and leg. there is no evidence whatsoever at this stage to conclude that this defendant had a personal relationship with dr bolanos, or dr field. nor is there currently any evidence to explain why he would attack them so viciously in their own home. the couple were reportedly tied up before they were killed. an investigation is under way into how the intruder managed to get through supposedly tight security at the luxury apartments. andy moore, bbc news. we were speaking earlier about the
11—year—old girl airlifted to hospital after apparently falling from a water ride at drayton manor theme park. police now say they can confirm that the 11—year—old girl died this afternoon. emergency services they say were called at 2:20pm following reports that the girl had fallen from the water ride at the park. superintendent carl ratcliffe of staffordshire police said specially trained officers are supporting her family of what is a difficult time. our thoughts very much with her family friends following this tragic incident. he added that the health and safety executive has been informed of what happened. the west midlands ambulance service spokesman said on arrival the crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been
rescued from the water. by park staff. ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to birmingham children‘s hospital with a doctor continued treatment en route. unfortunately shortly after arrival at hospital the girldied. the shortly after arrival at hospital the girl died. the family have requested that their wishes are respected at this difficult time. for privacy. so that news coming into us in the last few minutes, tragic news that an 11—year—old girl has died after being airlifted to hospital following an incident at a water ride on —— and drayton manor park theme park. that was earlier today. the prime minister theresa may is due to appear on bbc 0ne‘s "the one show" later, accompanied by her husband philip. it will be the first time they have appeared live together, and will be mr may‘s first ever broadcast interview. our correspondent richard galpin is on the bbc piazza overlooking
"the one show" backdrop. much anticipation for this appearance. the first time they have appeared together live on television. absolutely. this is not unusualfor prime television. absolutely. this is not unusual for prime minister to appear on the one show but much more unusualfor minister on the one show but much more unusual for minister plus spouse to be on that show. and for philip may is the first time he‘s ever done a tv interview let alone sitting down with his wife is a prime minister talking during an election campaign. he is very much been in the limelight ever since she became prime minister, he has a big job in the city he is a relationship manager at a big investment firm in london, but of course the one show is more of a relaxed kind of show. and a bit more chatty and what political sources have been saying to me is that this is a chance for philip may two be better known, to
something a audience which this show has and also sources saying it is a chance for the audience to get to get to know the prime minister better. it is obviously a key moment in the run—up to this snap election. thank you. the sun columnist, and former editor, kelvin mackenzie is leaving the paper — because of controversial remarks he made about the everton footballer, ross barkley. kelvin mackenzie was suspended last month after comparing the player to a gorilla. 0ur media editor, amol rajan, reports. kelvin mackenzie is a giant of british tabloids. a brash and brutal editor who was a close confidant of his patron, rupert murdoch. but this time he went too far. a column about everton footballer ross barkley, whose grandfather is nigerian, compared him to a gorilla. mackenzie claimed not to know about the heritage but his column, published on the anniversary of the hillsborough disaster that he so notoriously misrepresented, prompted everton to ban the sun from its stadium. newspaper columnists are meant to provoke strong feelings and over nearly five decades in fleet street,
kelvin mackenzie certainly did that. but this time was different for two reasons. first because his column threatened to further alienate the sun‘s readers in the north—west and second because there‘s a huge scandal erupting at rupert murdoch‘s fox news over in new york. what rupert murdoch and fox want to do is show that they are fighting prejudice rather than feeding it. you are about to enter the no spin zone. murdoch‘s bid forfull control of sky is currently with the media regulator, 0fcom. there is concern within murdoch‘s company that bad headlines could thwart their ambitions just as the phone hacking scandal derailed their last bid for sky. i was just amazed that given the sensitivity of it that no one took a closer look at the column. i can‘t believe that kelvin‘s column is so sacrosanct that lawyers and editors, it was good friday, so the top tier team may not have been there, but even so it seems to be a systemic failure, not just involving kelvin mackenzie. it remains to be seen
if mackenzie has cut ties with murdoch‘s company completely. amal rajan, bbc news. the bbc has announced who will replace len goodman on strictly come dancing — the newjudge is shirley ballas. she‘s known as the queen of latin, and although not widely known to uk audiences, she frequently appears on the american version of the show, dancing with the stars. she will take up her position as head judge when the show returns this autumn. 0ur arts correspondent rebecca jones reports. she is nicknamed the queen of latin. shirley ballas is one of the world‘s most successful professional dancers. a former world champion, during a long career she has won numerous titles and praise from the man she‘s going to replace. when i first saw her i was absolutely gobsmacked,
the best feet ever, one of my favourite latin women dancers of all time. please welcome the fantastic shirley ballas! after she retired she appeared on the strictly spin—off programme, it takes two, in 2009, to talk about a routine she had choreographed. what was quite surprising is that they‘ve only had a few days together with this celebrity, so when i walked into the room, nobody knew anything, they hadn‘t got used to their partner. her partner is pretty good at dancing and her son, mark ballas, is a professional dancer and has won the american version of strictly twice. shirley ballas tweeted that she was over the moon to be joining the show, which returns in the autumn. by taking over as head judge, not only will she have the casting vote in the dance—off, but a high profile role in one of the most successful programmes on british television.
rebecca jones, bbc news. we can talk now to samantha newton — she‘s the principal of italia conti academy which is the oldest theatre school in the world and where shirley‘s son attended. good to see you. tell us about shirley. can you hear me? surely has been connected to the school for about 15 years. her son came to us part—time. about 15 years. her son came to us part-time. it sounds like there is a big delay on the line. just tell us a little bit about shirley if you
can. she is glamorous and professional, she has great knowledge. we have enormous problems talking to some answer. —— samantha. that is a shame we could not get more about shirley ballas. apologies for the delay. two pa g es two pages have been discovered belonging to one of the earliest printed publishers. caxton. it was in the rolling book shelves
of the university‘s library that erica was carrying out some research. she picked up this box and made her extraordinary discovery. this is the box i found it in and here it is. it is a page of a medieval letter printed by william caxton in 1477, just a year or so after the first ever british book came off the printing press. what was your reaction when you realised what this document was? i was absolutely amazed. this is the sort of thing that you hope you will find one day in your career as a librarian. so it was an extraordinary moment to realise we have this early caxton. william caxton was a merchant who was the first to bring printing to britain in 1476. his newly discovered page is a kind of instruction manual for priests. it lay hidden in reading university for 20 years and had previously been
pasted to another book to strengthen its spine. experts say that it takes us back to the very origins of printed british books. book printers go crazy for caxton and if this ever came on the market i would have an estimate of £20,000, £50,000, expecting it to do better. up to perhaps £100,000. the university has the kind of printing press that caxton used to create the document. it would have taken to people around an hourjust to create one page. it goes on display at the merle museum from tomorrow. one of britain‘s first printed pages, the last word of history. duncan kennedy, bbc news, reading. time for a look at the weather. here‘s thomaz schafernaker.
it is looking good tomorrow with lots of sunshine on the way. this is the picture from earlier and this area of cloud is now shrinking. so more of us will be enjoying the good weather. tomorrow is looking sunny and pretty warm with temperatures getting up into the high teens in many areas. so this evening we the re m na nts of many areas. so this evening we the remnants of the cloud across the south and east clearing away, we are infora south and east clearing away, we are in for a starry night with city temperatures around six or 7 degrees. colder in rural areas, just a couple of degrees above freezing. tomorrow starts off beautiful across the uk, hardly a cloud in the sky. in the far north of scotland perhaps some rain for 0rkney but from
central scotland south it is a great day, a stunning afternoon for most with temperatures in the high teens throughout yorkshire, down into the south as well. the wind like as well. remember that the sun is very strong so remember that sunscreen because the sunshine in the month of may is very powerful. then tomorrow night clear skies and into thursday thatis night clear skies and into thursday that is when things start to change. the cloud begins to build especially across southern the cloud begins to build especially across southern areas the cloud begins to build especially across southern areas of the uk and you will notice blue areas which are hit and miss showers. many eastern and northern areas keeping the sunshine. also with that comes increasing humidity. when you get humidity in the atmosphere there is
the potential for some thunderstorms as well. so friday hit and miss downpours across the southern part of the uk. freddie carries the risk of the uk. freddie carries the risk of some thunder and lightning and some downpours. for the weekend is looking pretty warm, a bit breezy and again those showers last and pretty much through the weekend. not all the time, there will be some sunshine but be prepared for the downpours on friday. that is it from me. tonight at six. theresa may defends her pledge
to cap energy prices, despite criticism from industry and opposition parties. the conservatives say 17 million households will be up to a £100 a year better off. to many ordinary working families, too many ordinary working families, too many vulnerable people, find themselves on tariffs that are above that that they should be paying, and that is why we are taking action. the risk of a price cap like this, and where we've seen it before, is that it damages confidence and it damages switching numbers in the market. we‘ll be asking if the tory energy cap is any different to labour‘s freeze at the last election. also tonight: jeremy corbyn says brexit is settled, but when questioned repeatedly, he refused to confirm britain would definitely leave the eu. if you're prime minister we will leave whatever happens?